Your morning jolt: The ‘oops’ heard ‘round the world

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s latest stumble couldn’t have come at a better moment for GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

For one news cycle, after more than a week of uncomfortable press, the Stockbridge businessman and former pizza executive wasn’t in the first line of daily political reports. My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy has the first take from the suburbs of Detroit.

The New York Times was among many outlets to focus on why Perry’s brain freeze reinforced fears among Republican insiders about how Perry would fare President Barack Obama in next year’s general election debates:

For any other candidate, the moment may have been quickly forgotten or easily explained. But for Mr. Perry, whose candidacy has been consistently undercut by his debate performances, the gravity of the matter grew obvious as chuckles in the Republican audience turned to gasps. The lapse reinforced negative stereotypes about his candidacy, a point that was made clear after the debate when he made a rare trip into an adjoining room to face reporters and try to brush away what had happened.

“I’m glad I had my boots on tonight,” Mr. Perry said, “because I sure stepped in it out there.”

Cain, it should be mentioned, walked back one of his own comments of the night. From the Associated Press:

Still, even as he faced allegations of unwanted sexual advances against women, Cain stumbled on Wednesday night by mocking the first female House speaker Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy.”

During the CNBC debate, Cain said Pelosi — now House minority leader — blocked any effort when she was speaker of the House to repeal Democrats’ health care overhaul, legislation she helped marshal through.

After the debate, he told CNBC he “probably should not have made” that comment.

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The role that this non-stop string of debates has played in the Republican presidential contest can’t be underestimated. Even before the CNBC debate, an estimated 66 percent of GOP and independent voters had tuned in to at least one.

And yet – perhaps because of those debates – the contest remains remarkably fluid. On Wednesday, Clemson University released its 2012 Palmetto Poll of 600 likely South Carolina voters:

Nearly 70 percent (68 percent) of those polled had not yet decided on a candidate and a similar number said they were most likely to change their minds between now and January when they do have a choice….

Among respondents who had chosen a candidate, the Palmetto Poll showed Mitt Romney (22 percent) and Herman Cain (20 percent) leading the field. The third-place candidate was Newt Gingrich (10 percent), followed by Rick Perry (9 percent).

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Erick Erickson of Redstate.org is urging Herman Cain to fire his current staff. “Herman, you must reboot for victory,” he writes.

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My AJC colleague Bill Rankin writes today about a Brunswick judge who runs the state’s largest drug court operation – and now faces accusations of indefinitely detaining defendants who were not allowed to have any contact with their family or their lawyers. For you folks down on the coast, click here to read the actual charges by the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
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In a state where unemployment hovers above 10 percent, it’s hard to conceive of a state agency that would be handing out signing bonuses to new hires. But Richard Belcher of Channel 2 Action News says it happens:

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Democratic politics in Bibb County are getting complicated. From the Macon Telegraph:

Daryl Morton is stepping down as chairman of the Bibb County Democratic Party.

Morton, who has drawn fire in recent weeks from a group of fellow Democrats, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that he would resign effective Tuesday….

Last month, a group of Democrats, including former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis, drew up a list of grievances against Morton and signed a petition seeking his removal. Among the complaints were that Morton and his wife, Amy, had backed particular Democratic candidates, including Robert Reichert, during this summer’s primary election. Reichert subsequently defeated Ellis in the Democratic mayoral runoff.

Ellis said Morton’s actions were not right. Morton should have stayed neutral during the primary and not chosen sides, he said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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76 comments Add your comment

hazel

November 10th, 2011
9:24 am

Rick Perry- Bless his heart.

phil

November 10th, 2011
9:26 am

It would have been interesting to hear Perry and Obama debate whether there are 57 or 59 states.

Class of '98

November 10th, 2011
9:28 am

Count me among the conservatives who was intrigued by Perry when he first joined the race. A couple months later, I am convinced he is a dolt.

I would love to see a Paul-Gingrich ticket.

Obama 2012

November 10th, 2011
9:40 am

4 more years….

Centrist

November 10th, 2011
9:45 am

Governor Perry was never quite ready for prime time. Romney has had the nomination sewn up for months.

It is not so much the news cycle that is helping Cain, but the obvious bias of the media and how they grossly overplayed their liberal hand.

Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

November 10th, 2011
9:53 am

They were all clueless liars except Huntsman when he made the case for NOT getting into a trade war with China (which Romney favored).

Its interesting that many of the GOP were bashing the Too Big To Fail banks but then oppose Dodd-Frank – which is the only regulation that will solve TBTF.

Idiots – all of them. Newt was a lobbyist for Freddie Mac is now lying about that. He lies about the Constitution – saying that secularism (which we were founded on) is anti-American.

Barry Goldwater would disown this bunch of louts in five seconds.

JacketFanMarcus

November 10th, 2011
9:53 am

It’s going to be hard for the core Republican base to rally behind Mitt Romney.

2012 is going to be a very interesting presidential race!

clem

November 10th, 2011
9:54 am

sure hope cain the nominee…..

william henry talbot walker

November 10th, 2011
9:55 am

Enter your comments here

DannyX

November 10th, 2011
9:56 am

This is unconscionable! Republicans and their dimwitted voters are out to destroy America.

First they give us the highly incompetent George W Bush, now look at what they are trying to shove down our throats!!!

Haven’t Republicans inflicted enough damage??? What is wrong with you people? Perry??? Cain??? Gingrich??? Bachmann??? Santorum??? Paul???

Republicans, why do you hate America???

william henry talbot walker

November 10th, 2011
9:58 am

Last nights debate could easily qualify as sketch comedy, and could be aired as such on any number of late night tv shows.

Becky

November 10th, 2011
10:05 am

Wait-I thought last night’s debate was the inevitable SNL parody. It was for real?????

DannyX

November 10th, 2011
10:09 am

“Last nights debate could easily qualify as sketch comedy, and could be aired as such on any number of late night tv shows.”

I was thinking the same thing, it was like a remake of “The Munsters.”

Starring,

Herman “Cain” Munster
Grandpa “Gingrich”
Lily “Bachmann” Munster
“Paul” Eddie Munster
Marilyn “Huntsman” Munster
Spot “Perry”

Scary, very scary.

Obama 2012

November 10th, 2011
10:10 am

They saved the writers from SNL a lot of time, all they have to do is replay the footage from this debate.

Centrist

November 10th, 2011
10:10 am

JacketFanMarcus posted “It’s going to be hard for the core Republican base to rally behind Mitt Romney.”

I don’t think so. I doubt even “favorite sons” Cain or Gingrich will keep Romney from getting most of the delegates in Georgia.

Here were the results in 2008 for the Republican primary (Votes, Percentage, delegates)

Mike Huckabee 326,874 33.92% 45
John McCain 304,751 31.63% 3
Mitt Romney 290,707 30.17%
Ron Paul 28,096 2.92%

Frederick Douglass

November 10th, 2011
10:11 am

Rick Perry’s the quintessential Republican candidate, think about it, the guy looks good getting off a plane, I think his wife’s blonde, and he probably would be a good dude to have a beer with. Rick could no doubt whip out his birth certificate at the drop of a ten gallon hat, the lapel pin’s in place, he talks a good game (when he’s not debating), hell he even hunts at the Ni**er Head lodge. Yeah old Rick would be a great leader of this country…….if he wasn’t so patently stupid.

td

November 10th, 2011
10:13 am

DannyX

November 10th, 2011
9:56 am

Republicans love America and the people the same way our founding fathers did by hating a strong centralized government. You really need to go read what our founders thought about a strong centralized government. They hated the idea and thought it would ruin the country at take away the fundamental rights of the people.

Your words are wrong. Republicans do not hate America we hate a strong centralized government. There is a big difference unless you are one of the libs that think the government is not big enough and powerful enough.

td

November 10th, 2011
10:18 am

DannyX

November 10th, 2011
10:09 am

Let us compare your family to the current family in charge:

Obama, Pelosi and Reid. I do not even have to make up names because those three disfunctional socialist lovers are scary enough when you say their name in the same sentence.

clem

November 10th, 2011
10:22 am

you think local and state government officials any better?

td

November 10th, 2011
10:28 am

clem

November 10th, 2011
10:22 am
you think local and state government officials any better?

Do you think Dems are better than Republicans?

DannyX

November 10th, 2011
10:33 am

“Let us compare your family to the current family in charge:”

Yes lets. Obama and Hillary are the most popular politicians in the country right now. The new Republican golden boy governors across the country all have horrible approval ratings. Walker in Wisconsin is facing a recall. Kasich in Ohio has the lowest approval rating. The big Republican revolution has flopped. The Tea Party is now very unpopular. Boehner’s approval ratings plummeted. Republicans in Congress are are getting hammered.

This after 8 years of Bush. Republicans have NO accomplishments the past 10 years. Now we have 6 Republican idiots trying to out idiot each other for the Republican nomination.

Don’t even get me started on the Republican idiots running, whoops, ruining this state.

Charles

November 10th, 2011
10:36 am

td
Obama, Pelosi and Reid. I do not even have to make up names because those three disfunctional socialist lovers are scary enough when you say their name in the same sentence.

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That is one interesting thing about Repubs on ANY message board I’ve participated on, you folks are big on name calling. Libs, socialist, marxist, it’s always to go-to for you. You label people to feel superior and to invoke fear in the minds of people who have will listen and take you seriously. It always reminds me of the woman at the McCain rally who declared, but he’s, he’s an Arab just weeks before the election.

A No-1

November 10th, 2011
10:38 am

Cain’s sexist remark demonstrates [again] precisely how much respect he has for women. It also shows how little feel he has for politics. He’s all gab. And no one can teach him that – not even
A-No. 1.

DannyX

November 10th, 2011
10:39 am

“That lineup last night – God help us !!!!”

I have gained a lot of respect for Debbie Dooley lately, she has been calling out Georgia Republican “good ol boys” too. I may not agree with her on the issues but she is consistent in her beliefs.

John

November 10th, 2011
10:42 am

td, won’t Republicans be in a pickle if Romney wins the nomination…which socialist to vote for, Obama or Romney?

Frederick Douglass

November 10th, 2011
10:44 am

td

Isn’t it about time you stopped playing the “socialist card”? You Republicans have been in the cat bird’s seat for 28 of the last 43 years, time to stop blaming others for your shortfalls, we’re not Atlas, you’re getting heavy, we’re tired of carrying you.

clem

November 10th, 2011
10:52 am

cnn is reporting on perry’s gaffe last nite the following: during the question on the 3 departments perry wanted to get rid of, herman cain’s hand was seen rubbing perry’s trouser leg.

Tom (Independent)

November 10th, 2011
10:56 am

DannyX – also known as MalcolmX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a strange dude, were you born in this country or Kenya????

WAW

November 10th, 2011
11:02 am

DannyX – I think (R)s love America just as much as (D)s do.
td – Some of our founding fathers were not in favor of a strong central government.

But – the “All men” of the Declaration of Independence accepts differences of opinion as a basis of government.

That said – There is nothing happening now that has not happened before in the nation’s history. The difference lies in the over simplification of the War Between the States. That conflict should have settled the question that the United States of America is in fact “one nation Under God”. In order to be readmitted into the Union (rather than being a enemy captured territory), the Confederate States were required to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment. The result established the Government of the United States of America as “THE” government. The state governments being a division thereof, followed by county, city and townships. “All men” are equal (period). The central government is just that, the central government. “The Sovereignty of a nation rest upon the point of a bayonet” and as four old farts from North Georgia just discovered, our central government is THE government.

deegee

November 10th, 2011
11:03 am

Can someone from the right please explain what the problem is with Jon Huntsman? I have listened to him speak and have looked into his background and his platform. He is articulate and intelligent. His experience as ambassador to China is impressive. What’s the issue with him? Why isn’t he doing better with the right wing?

Independent voter

November 10th, 2011
11:04 am

OOPS perry should drop out of the race…OOPS my coworker came in saying OOPS I didnt sign in to work.

Independent voter

November 10th, 2011
11:06 am

4 more years of Obama.
I heard 42% of republicans wish it was another gop running for president.

GaBlue

November 10th, 2011
11:08 am

Let’s see, when a business man with no political experience whatsoever decides to run for the TOP office in the land (instead of entering the public sector and working his way up), it’s because he’s MAN enough to go for it. He explains IN THE THIRD PERSON: that’s who he is.

Now, when a woman enters public service and works her way to a position of some power, it’s because the bizzatch thinks she’s a “Princess.”

Got it! (Misogyny & the GOP: Like peas and carrots.)

Centrist

November 10th, 2011
11:09 am

John posted “won’t Republicans be in a pickle if Romney wins the nomination…which socialist to vote for, Obama or Romney?”

Suggest you read this if you don’t see a difference: http://www.wsbradio.com/weblogs/jamie-dupree/2011/nov/04/romney-dc/

DannyX

November 10th, 2011
11:15 am

Separated at birth….Rick Perry and Paul Lynde.

Obama, oh, NO...

November 10th, 2011
11:18 am

…this hope and change thingy just cannot stand 4 more years of this guy – what a total, clueless dolt you Dems continue to support –

Here’s a quarter, call someone who can do more than organize those already organized…

deegee

November 10th, 2011
11:19 am

I caught a bit of a TV interview this morning. The talking heads of CNBC had Donald Trump on the phone. Trump has called Obama an idiot and a moron, but of Rick Perry – Trump said that Rick Perry’s moment of not naming the third agency he plans to close down did not help his campaign. He said it was unfortunate. What a laugh riot.

BTW, the brunette ball crusher that is filling in for Becky Quick was as giddy as a prom queen when talking to Trump. It was awkward.

Tom (Independent)

November 10th, 2011
11:22 am

GaBlue – Nothing but the facts!! A businessman is more highly thought of than a “Community Organizer” by most rational citizens. Princess Pelosi worked her way up? Give me a break, her husband’s worth is $50 million. She worked her way up from what? If she was not in the San Francisco area, she could not get elected dog catcher!

td

November 10th, 2011
11:24 am

Charles

November 10th, 2011
10:36 am

It is not name calling if it is accurate. Obama, Pelosi, Reid and a great deal more Dems and even some Republicans are Socialist. They believe is a strong central government where that government controls the economy. They believe in redistribution of wealth by government programs and controlling peoples actions.

I am a small government capitalist. Is that name calling? The problem is that you on the left do not like to admit what you truly are.

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DannyX

November 10th, 2011
11:28 am

What happened Republicans?

Last month Gallup poll had the generic Republican up 46%-38% in a race against Obama.

Today Gallup released a new generic poll showing Obama leading 43%-42%.

Why the rapid Republican decline? Tom (Independent) maybe you can answer why independent support for the generic Republican has gone way down in the past month.

double

November 10th, 2011
11:30 am

TD”s family Bush&Bush, Bush,now look closely at the offspring.One will be republican candidate for president.They don’t hate the country.Just wan’t own and controll.Best keep what we have.

Frederick Douglass

November 10th, 2011
11:31 am

Obama, oh, No…

At this juncture the Dems don’t have to do a whole lot of supporting of the president, the Republicans are doing a damn fine job of making him look good. If it keeps going the way it’s going, he might not need a billion dollar war chest, the guy should probably start thinking about cutting rebate checks to his contributors pretty soon.

John

November 10th, 2011
11:35 am

Centrist @11:09am,

First, it was Michelle Bachmann who called Romney a socialist. Secondly, the link you provided was his position on Nov. 4 at a meeting of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in Washington, D.C. He’s been such a flip flop do you know what is actual position is? He was for abortion rights, now he’s against it. He was for the bailout of the auto industry, then against it then for it by claiming Obama followed his call to bail out the industry, now he’s against it again. He’s flipped flopped on gay rights issues as well as healthcare. Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up.

Frederick Douglass

November 10th, 2011
11:38 am

Tom(Independent)

“her husband’s worth is $50 million”.

A little wealth envy? Can you blame the lucky dog, Nancy’s smoking hot.

Tom (Independent)

November 10th, 2011
11:39 am

DannyX – Do not forget , it will not be you Democratics(35%) or the Republicans(35%) who will ultimately decide the election. It will be us Independents(30%) who decides!! I for one, do not describe to govt redistribution of wealth or controlling people’s lives or businesses!! Apparently you do? You would fit in well with the Occupy mob!!

Tom (Independent)

November 10th, 2011
11:44 am

Frederick – Not really, I’m just a retired middle-class veteran but I’m happy with my life. Fred, you really think Princess Pelosi is smoking hot, my man you need to put down your medical marijuana for a moment! She’s about as hot as Gloria Allred’s newest client .

td

November 10th, 2011
11:45 am

DannyX

November 10th, 2011
11:28 am

You must be new to the politics game? The reason the polls are going up for Obama right now is because he is getting very little attention for the candidates or the press. All the attention is being paid to the republican candidates and they are getting all the negative attention (just read these blogs daily). When there is a nominee and the attention turn back to the general election and Obama then you will see the polls reverse again and Obama will drop like a rock.

What you Dems should be scared about is at this time in 1993 Bush had a 82% approval rating and was ahead of the generic Dem candidate with 65%.

John

November 10th, 2011
11:45 am

td,

And socialist is a problem, why? Believing that as a society we have a responsibility and a moral obligation to help each other in achieving life, liberty and happiness…instead of being so self centered that it’s every man for himself and screw everyone else and let businesses screw it’s employees and consumers, which is what Republicans believe? And Republicans call themselves Christians. Given those 2 extremes, I think I’ll choose the the socialist path and help my fellow man instead of being so self centered I’d tell him he’s on his own.

Tom (Independent)

November 10th, 2011
11:53 am

John@11:45a – Ever thought about joining the peace corp and going to Africa?? You would also make a great Community Organizer.